Park Authority

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Open during regular business hours 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday

703-324-8700
TTY 711

12055 Government Center Pkwy.
Fairfax, Virginia 22035

Sara Baldwin,
Acting Executive Director

Latinx Conservation Month of Northern Virginia

Join the Fairfax County Park Authority in celebrating the culturally rich Latinx and Spanish-speaking community and the contributions from this community to the conservation of our natural areas. During the month of July, FCPA - in partnership with the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, Defensores de la Cuenca, Northern Virginia Soil and Water District, and other community partners - will host free, family-friendly activities to engage the Latinx community, establish a relationship with participants, increase knowledge of the environment and awareness of environmental issues, increase understanding of the connections between our health and the health of the environment, help raise awareness of the various resources and programs that currently exist, and invite participants to stay engaged and grow in their interest of the environment.  

Latinx Conservation Month is inspired by the Hispanic Access Foundation’s Latino Conservation Week. It is an inclusive celebration, and everyone is invited to celebrate with the FCPA. Take the opportunity to learn about the Park Authority’s offerings and connect with our green spaces. 

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10
 
Jul
 
Join the Invasive Management Areas crew at Nottoway Park for a work day, tour of community gardens and demonstrations by community conservation organizations. Bring a picnic and enjoy Nottoway’s beautiful grounds.
17
 
Jul
 
Celebrate watersheds in this lake front park. Enjoy a naturalist led hike, pedal boat outings, fishing opportunities and a dip in the Water Mine pool.
17
 
Jul
 
Meet local species of snakes, turtles, frogs and more at an outdoor program conducted entirely in Spanish. Learn how to recognize from a safe distance our area’s only venomous snake, the northern copperhead. This program is part of the celebration of Latinx Conservation Month.
22
 
Jul
 
Separate fact from fiction and learn about the joy of sharing nature at night with children. We will also discuss easy ways to help children begin a lifelong fascination with the night sky.
24
 
Jul
 
Enjoy a farm tour, carousel ride and learning about the connection of our natural world and food.

Saturday July 10
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. 
Nottoway Park Conservation Celebration: 
Join the Invasive Management Areas crew at Nottoway Park for a work day, tour of community gardens and demonstrations by community conservation organizations. Bring a picnic and enjoy Nottoway’s beautiful grounds. 

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Saturday July 17
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Lake Fairfax Park: 
Celebrate watersheds in this lake front park. Enjoy a naturalist led hike, pedal boat outings, fishing opportunities and a dip in the Water Mine pool.

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Saturday July 17
1:00- 2:00 p.m.
Hidden Oaks Nature Center:
 Native Reptiles and Amphibians in Spanish

Meet local species of snakes, turtles, frogs and more at an outdoor program conducted entirely in Spanish. Learn how to recognize from a safe distance our area’s only venomous snake, the northern copperhead. This program is part of the celebration of Latinx Conservation Month.

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Thursday July 22
2: 00-3: 00 p.m.
Hidden Oaks Nature Center:
 Sign up for a bilingual naturalist led program.  

The Wonders of Nature: Nocturnal Animals (1.0 hour)

Animals that hunt at night and hide during the day have adaptations that allow them to navigate in minimal light. These creatures are often misunderstood and are sometimes described in myths and legends as scary or dangerous. Separate fact from fiction and learn about the joy of sharing nature at night with children. We will also discuss easy ways to help children begin a lifelong fascination with the night sky.

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July 24
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Frying Pan Farm Park: 
Enjoy a farm tour, carousel ride and learning about the connection of our natural world and food.

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Meet local Latinx Conservationists

Cesia Lobo
Cesia Lobo
Hola! I’m Bolivian and work as a naturalist interpreting various nature-related programs for Fairfax County Park Authority. My interest in nature started off back in kindergarten when, after school, instead of walking home directly, I’d stop by a nearby creek to investigate the fish, snails, and aquatic plants. During our trips to Bolivia, I noticed the different types of flora and fauna which was really interesting to me. Thus, throughout the many years and since working for the county, nature education continues to be a firm interest of mine.

Gloria Medina
Gloria Medina
Hi! My name is Gloria Medina and I’m Dominican American. I grew up in Hartford, CT where I didn’t have many opportunities to experience the great outdoors or natural areas. It wasn’t until going to the University of Connecticut (UConn) where I learned about, and I fell in love with this field. While at UConn, I changed my major to Natural Resources and Conservation and joined our schools Wildlife Society Club. Thanks to these experiences I learned about an internship with a neighboring towns parks and recreation department working on invasive plants. After graduating, I took a seasonal position with this town and gained experience leading volunteer groups and teaching them about the habitat restoration work we were doing in the parks. A few years later, I learned about an opening for an Ecologist position with the Fairfax County Park Authority, doing similar work on a larger scale. And that’s what brough me here to Virginia. Now I’m an Ecologist and Volunteer Coordinator for the FCPA’s Invasive Management Area Program. Through the IMA Program I work with our long-term volunteers to learn how to manage the invasive plants in our counties parks, how to lead groups of volunteers, and plant species beneficial to our local ecosystems and wildlife. Best decision I made was pursuing a career in conservation.

Alex Doumbia
Alex Doumbia

 

Lassine (Alex) Doumbia was born in Washington, D.C. in 1989 to a mother who is native to Bogota, Columbia and a father who is from Mali in West Africa. Alex learned Spanish first, then English, French and Bambara, t he native language of Mali. Identifying as multicultural, Alex frequently traveled to visit his parents’ native countries. In elementary school Alex thrived in his Spanish immersion program. As a first grader, he decided to become a marine biologist. As a teen he won awards for video editing. He got his first volunteer experience assisting his father host the Summer Concert Series at Ossian Hall. He merged these interests as he obtained a degree in oceanography at Old Dominion University in 2012. Specializing in coral reef ecology, Alex aspired to a career in underwater videography.

Post college, Alex interned at the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District in storm water management. He worked with storm drain stenciling, rain barrel and school outreach initiatives. Now focused more on dry land interpretation, Alex joined Fairfax County’s Hidden Oaks Nature Center as a naturalist is 2017. Now a Certified Interpretive Guide through National Association for Interpretation, Alex has provided hundreds of programs for visitors of all ages. Recently he has been teaming up with Cesia Lobo to offer Spanish language presentations virtually and in-person. He received the 2020 Trailblazers Customer Service Award for his creation of Spike’s Day Out video. He followed this success up with creating over a dozen short educational videos for elementary school-aged children for FCPA.

Rita Peralta
Rita Peralta

 

As a young girl in my native Bolivia, I spent hours playing outdoors and marveling at the beautiful Andes Mountain range. My family moved to the capital region when I was 8 and I’ve never lost my wonder for nature. I went on to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and a Master’s in Environmental Science and Policy from George Mason University. My career with the Fairfax County Park Authority began in 2012 with a nature education position as a roving naturalist, then finding a footing at Riverbend Park where I now manage the natural resources.  

Patricia Greenberg
Patricia Greenberg
Patricia Pearl Greenberg is the new Invasive Management Area (IMA) Program Manager of the Fairfax County Park Authority’s Natural Resource Management and Protection Branch. Patricia and her sisters were born in Venezuela and her family moved to northern Virginia in 1985. She holds a master’s degree from George Mason University in environmental science and policy with a focus on urban forestry. Her interest in invasive species management and protecting natural areas started during her undergraduate studies at Eckerd College, located in Florida. Patricia’s challenging and rewarding experience in Peace Corps, Panama increased her passion for sustainable, community-based ecosystem management and protecting the global forest. She is an ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualified Arborist, Wildland Firefighter, and a Certified Pesticide Applicator and also serves on the Board of the Mid-Atlantic Invasive Plant Council. Patricia has dedicated the past 13+ years to learning through field work, certifications and research about invasive species management for the ecological restoration of the urban forest. She and her son, Mateyo, live in Reston. Patricia loves talking to friends and strangers about how to protect the planet by supporting native species in their yards and living environmentally friendly lives at home.

Latinx Conservation Month is presented in partnership with the following Fairfax County and community partners:

Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, Defensores de la CuencaSoil and Water Conservation DistrictFriends of NottowayStormwater Planning Division of Fairfax County’s Department of Public Works and Environmental ServicesLatino Conservation Week, Sierra Club, Virginia Cooperative Extension, and Fairfax County Park Foundation.

Latinx Conservation Month Partners

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